Tips for School Lunchtime Success

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Written by Diana Bauman, Contributing Writer September has been an exciting month for my five year old son and I.  He started kindergarten and I became a first time parent with a child in school. My husband and I met all of his teachers including his principal, art teacher, gym teacher and music teacher.  We toured the classes, met other parents and investigated every nook and cranny of his elementary school. I signed up for the PTA and as a homeroom helper (one of the benefits […]

September at Our Home

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I can hardly believe that fall is upon us already, but the beautiful crimson leaves outside my window attest to the fact that it’s true. I am always sad to see the summer go, especially since we had such a short season of truly warm summer weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and yet I do relish autumn as a time to take stock of things, slow down, establish new routines and capture summer’s last fleeting moments before we say good-bye for another year. This summer was […]

Seven Strategies for Home Schooling Moms

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Guest Writer When my oldest child was three years old, I began one of the most exciting and stretching challenges of my life.  I started home schooling.  Fifteen years later, I am teaching children in the 9th, 6th, 4th, 2nd, and 1st grades along with two toddlers.  And that 3 year old?  He’s almost 18 and will be graduating in the spring…from college! I’ve fumbled my way along over the years…trying all kinds of different curriculum, styles, schedules, etc., and I’ve […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic: The Official Start of the Meal Planning Challenge

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Welcome to the “official” (see last week) start of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! This challenge will be running for the next 6 weeks (Sept.26- Nov.7). Every Monday I will be posting both my own menu plan for the week, some tips on aspects of meal planning OR some recipes I want to share with you, as well as a link-up for any bloggers to join in with their own meal plans. Unsure of what this challenge is all about? Go back […]

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

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Written by Brandy Ferguson, Contributing Writer This bread is perfect any time of year, but I especially love to make it in the fall. Slightly crunchy on the outside, and super moist on the inside, it’s a favorite in our family. I like that there is just enough spice in this bread to not overpower that great pumpkin flavor. So delicious! Pumpkin Walnut Bread Ingredients: 4 cups whole-wheat flour or sprouted grain flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon ginger 2 teaspoons […]

Gentle, All Natural Deodorant Stick Recipe

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 Although I’ve been using more natural deodorants for years, it can be hard to find the right one that actually works for you and doesn’t cost a fortune. I hear many complaints that people simply don’t want to use natural brands because they just “don’t work”. This is true, to some degree. They don’t work in the sense that a typical anti-perspirant works. They don’t prevent perspiration. Instead they help to prevent odor, kill bacteria and they minimize (key word) perspiration, rather than full on preventing it. So why be […]

A Warm Welcome

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This month, I’m happy to welcome 4 new contributing writers to Keeper of the Home! Brandy @ The Marathon Mom Diana @ A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa Erin @ The Humbled Homemaker Courtney @ Simply Nurtured Also joining us are 3 guest writers, whom you will see a little less often, but still quite frequently: Natalie @ Visionary Womanhood Mindy @ The Purposed Heart Rachel @ Day2Day Joys Please welcome all of these ladies warmly! They were very carefully selected because of the wealth of […]

How Do You Deal With Challenging Behavior? (An Attitude Check for Moms)

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There was one morning early in my third pregnancy when I was still exhausted and I was attempting to sleep just a little more after my kids got up.  I would leave my bedroom door open so I could hear them, and they would go get a snack.  Most of the time this worked out fine — they’d sit in their playroom, or come back and sit next to me in bed and have a snack, and I’d hear […]